UK holiday cottages for August

Make the most of the UK's summer sunshine

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Sophie Gackowski

Sophie Gackowski
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UK holiday cottages for August August: it can top 23°C at this time of year, and when the sun is out and shining on our faces, winter’s nothing but a distant memory. The kids don’t go back to school until the end of the month (or around 18 August for Scotland), and events and festivals celebrate the warm weather across our isles. And let’s face facts: most of us turn bright red in the heat of southern France or Spain, and Egypt and the Canaries? We won’t even go there. So why not enjoy the understated beauty of a British summer, with a holiday here instead?

There’s plenty of scope for a cottage holiday in the UK. If your ideal setting is the seaside, pack your bags for Cornwall; if you’ve got outdoor activities in mind, consider a stop in Perthshire. Golfer; history buff; beach bum; man or woman of simple pleasures – adventures await on every cottage door of the United Kingdom.

 

August holiday cottages for that sunshine break at home


   

August holiday cottages in Windermere August holiday cottages in Windermere

When you think of the Lake District, you can’t help but think of Windermere – it’s the largest lake in England, and has over 10,000 boats registered to it. Phew! If you’re a novice in the water, no worries: there are dozens of activity companies and tour operators in and around the area, offering everything from gentle cruises on steamers to lengthy lessons in canoeing. Don’t want to get wet? Pony treks and ghyll scrambling await those with older children, while little ones can get lost in the World of Beatrix Potter.

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August holiday cottages in Newquay August holiday cottages in Newquay

Newquay. Can you smell the surf already? This far south, August is an amazing time to book a holiday cottage – temperatures are higher, so even subtropical flowers have a fighting chance of blooming. Of course, it’ll be the golden sands you want to head for first, and there are many just a stone’s throw from the town. But don’t forget to check out the Lappa Valley Steam Railway, Trenance Gardens and the town’s own Zoo – all are fantastic for families.

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August holiday cottages in Kent August holiday cottages in Kent

Kent’s a county with a lot to give: it has Blue Flag beaches like Margate, attractions like Chislehurst Caves, and lovely seaside towns like Whitstable (oysters – enough said). But it’s called the ‘Garden of England’ with good reason; there are 12 Country Parks here, and an entire third of it is covered by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The High Weald and the Kent Downs cover 1,438 square miles. That’s a whole lotta beauty to take in during a cottage break.

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August holiday cottages in Anglesey August holiday cottages in Anglesey

From Llanddona to Llanbedrgoch, there’s no end to the double-l in Anglesey. And we haven’t even got started on Llanfairpwllgwyngyll - gogerychwyrndrobwllllant - ysiliogogogoch (did you even attempt to read that?). But it’s not about place names; it’s about Anglesey’s incredible coast and countryside cottages, with never-ending opportunities whether for hillwalking or heritage sites. Go diving, take a boat trip, walk along the cliffs and eat freshly caught crab. Just crossing the bridge will unveil its beauty.

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August holiday cottages in St Andrews August holiday cottages in St Andrews

St Andrews is one of my favourite places for a day out, particularly when the sun’s shining. It’s got a sweeping stretch of sand, great restaurants, ice-cream to die for (bit extreme, but hey – I do love ice-cream), and independent shops in spades. Head for the Sealife Centre, explore the ruins of the cathedral, and climb St Rules Tower (unless you have a serious fear of heights or enclosed spaces…) for amazing views over the town and out to sea. Round it off with a game of golf, and then more ice-cream – Irn Bru’s the latest flavour.

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UK holiday cottages for August

Peaceful Cul De Sac Location With Open Country Views And Close To All Local Amenities

Spindrift is a two bedroom 'cottage' which we completely overhauled in 2008. Decorated with a seaside feel and with all mod cons, this is an ideal getaway cottage for a long weekend or family holiday. Open plan living and well equipped with a 4 ST...

Road Legal Golf Buggy Included

4 bedroom 3 bathroom with the best of features and fittings. Nice and warm with underfloor heating, open kitchen / living room. Wi-Fi, ipod smartphone docking sounds, 60" plasma with Sky Now and BT Sport, television and dvd in every bedroom. Can b...

Mawgan Porth Cottage overlooking stunning beach

Cottage facilities - For your comfort there is a double bed and a bedroom with two singles and a large double sofa bed in the lounge. The cottage's dining area sits six comfortably and there is an outside seating area. We have free wifi and broadb...

Luxury cottage on a family farm. Log fire, free wifi, fresh eggs, games room

The cottage is situated within a large secure garden with ample parking. Accommodation comprises of 1 King-size bedroom and 1 twin bedroom (extra mattress or cot available for 3rd child) There is a spacious open plan living room with uninterrupte...

Jaw Dropping Location With Magnificent Sea And Harbour Views & Close To Pubs

Tycara is a beautifully presented cottage located in a truly superb position overlooking the picturesque fishing harbour of polperro on the sheltered coast of south east Cornwall. Famed for it's smuggling history polperro is arguably one of the mo...

Wonderful countryside location with lovely views just 2 miles from Rock

Located just 5 minutes drive from the sea, near to the beaches at Rock, Daymer Bay and Polzeath, this family-friendly and welcoming cottage at Treglyn Farm is the perfect place to relax. Set in a peaceful location, Treglyn Cottage is a spacious an...

Detached cottage, in North Cornwall, near beaches and ideal for walking

The detached cottage which has all modern amenities is situated in the North Cornish village of ST Tudy. There are 2 comfortable bedrooms with twin beds, a smaller bedroom with two bunk beds . There is background heating in every room, a multi-f...

Charming detached flint cottage on village green, 5 minute stroll to beach

Situated on the village common, complete with pond & ducks, Green Cottage is a pretty, detached flint cottage, recently renovated. As you enter the front door, the newly-fitted spacious kitchen leads through to the open plan dining room. Old beam...

Gorgeous flint cottage overlooking the marshes, walking distance to beach

Detached fisherman's cottage in a fantastic position overlooking the reedbeds, bird sanctuary and beaches of Cley and Salthouse. Recently renovated throughout, with 5 bedrooms, new kitchen & dining room, large comfy sitting room, conservatory and ...

Samphire Cottage - a coastal that sleeps 6 guests in 3 bedrooms

Samphire Cottage is a very pretty seaside property, less than 100m from the seafront , located on the edge of the Conservation Area. This comfortable, well-presented cottage sleeps six with a dining room, downstairs cloakroom and kitchen diner wh...
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